Advent and holiness or what to bring to the manger
Advent is synonymous with hope: not a futile waiting for some impersonal God, but a specific and reliable confidence in return of the One who has come to us again – said John Paul II on the first Sunday of Advent in 2002.
Advent gives hope and therefore demonstrates the meaning of human pilgrimage on earth. It shows what it means to “go on a pilgrimage”, or as the Pope pointed out – “to leave many things behind. When traveling, you can take with you only what is important.” It makes no sense to bring waste to the Christmas manger. Only what is essential will be useful over there. And holy. But is this possible? Can small, weak man bring his/her holiness to the manger? John Paul II gives a clear answer: certainly. What’s more – the Pope showed with his life how to do it; how to already be a saint on earth while not being flawless or perfect.
Program of the 30th anniversary celebration of the John Paul II Foundation
Saturday, October 22, 2011
10:00 - Holy Mass at the St. Peter Basilica (main altar) – celebrated by His Eminence Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz
After Mass: procession to the tomb of Bl. John Paul II
17:30 - Liturgy of the Word at the Polish House's Chapel – celebrated by His Eminence Stanislaw Cardinal Rylko
The unveiling of the ninth Benefactors plaque at the John Paul II Polish House, via Cassia 1200
The John Paul II Foundation Florida Chapter
A composer, musician, cello player and conductor in one person, created with Zbigniew Książek, the author of texts, an innovative literally and music form called cantobiography. The work entitled "Santo Subito" is about life, achievements, and legacy of the Polish Pope John Paul II.